How can I stop Windows 2000 from using an encrypted format when I copy encrypted files to a server?

A. By default, when you copy locally encrypted files to a server, Win2K retains the encryption format. However, you might not want server-based files to be encrypted. For example, a laptop user might want to encrypt files locally for security reasons but want the server-based files to be unencrypted so that other users can view the files.

To stop Win2K from copying files to a server in an encrypted format, perform the following steps on the destination server:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem registry subkey.
  3. Select the NtfsEncryptionService value, then select Edit, Delete from the menu bar.
  4. Close the registry editor.
  5. Reboot the server for the change to take effect.

After you make this change, you'll no longer be able to encrypt files on the server and Win2K will decrypt any encrypted files that users copy to the server.

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